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Final Order against Practice Fusion Approved by FTC

On August 16, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the final order resolving its privacy complaints against Practice Fusion. The complaint alleged that Practice Fusion “misled consumers by soliciting reviews for...more

Lessons for Businesses from FTC’s Opinion on LabMD’s Data Security Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an Opinion and Final Order finding that the data security practices of LabMD, Inc. were unreasonable, and therefore constituted an unfair act or practice in violation of Section 5...more

The FTC Rules Against LabMD in On-Going Data Security Case

The lengthy saga between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD, Inc. reached another turning point on July 28, 2016. The FTC issued its unanimous Opinion in which it found that LabMD’s data security practices were...more

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Formally Adopted

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the Privacy Shield, a new transatlantic framework for the transfer of personal data from the European Union (EU) and certain countries of the European Economic Area...more

FTC Expands Its Role In Cybersecurity Enforcement By Reviving LabMD Action

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) overturned the decision of one of its administrative law judges (“ALJ”) from November 2015 in a suit against LabMD, Inc., now finding LabMD...more

No Harm? No Matter. FTC Broadens Data Security Liability

No harm, no foul? Not according to the FTC. On July 29, 2016, the Commission held that a showing of tangible injury was not necessary in order for company acts and practices to be considered unfair. The case, In the...more

FTC Holds That Disclosure of Sensitive Medical Information Due to Lax Security Violates the FTC Act

Last week, three commissioners from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held in In the Matter of LabMD, Inc. that a company’s failure to implement reasonable security measures to protect sensitive consumer information on its...more

FTC: LabMD Tests Positive for “Unfair” Security Practices

LabMD’s lack of data security measures resulted in the FTC Commission overturning an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) decision that previously dismissed charges against the company in November. LabMD performed laboratory...more

Meteoric Rise Of Pokémon Go Spurs Privacy Concerns

2.7 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement –  Last week, Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996...more

FTC Slaps Down ALJ’s Data Security Ruling in LabMD, Sets Broad Mandate for Protection of “Sensitive” Consumer Data

In a sweeping statement of its data security expectations for organizations that maintain consumer information, the Federal Trade Commission on Friday found that LabMD, the defunct medical testing lab, failed to employ...more

FTC Plants A Flag With LabMD Ruling: What This Means for Enforcement

On Friday, the heads of the Federal Trade Commission overruled the decision of the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) in In the Matter of LabMd., Inc. The FTC concluded that the ALJ had erred in dismissing the Commission’s case...more

Cybersecurity News and Notes – August 2016

In Case You Missed It: The Federal Trade Commission issued an opinion in the LabMD case, overturning an ALJ’s November 2015 decision holding that the FTC failed to meet its burden to prove that LabMD’s data security...more

FTC Data Security Standards: Final Order in the ASUSTeK Case; No Mercy for LabMD

The Federal Trade Commission, continuing its quest to be the enforcer of consumer privacy rights, has come down hard this month on ASUSTeK and LabMD for their failure to have adequate data security standards. Because the FTC...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #4

Sen. Franken Hits Pause on Pokémon GO - After the Pokémon GO app was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times in the United States alone in its first week of release, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the chairman of the...more

TCPA Connect - July 2016

FCC: U.S. Government Is Not a Person Under TCPA - In response to petitions filed by three government contractors seeking clarification that the federal government and its agents were exempt from liability under the...more

FinTech Companies Face Big Privacy Challenges in 2016

According to the FBI, “there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.” It does not take an actual data breach, however, for a company to be liable for its data security practices. ...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #3

In Case You Missed It: Court certifies class in suit against Apple. On July 15, 2016, U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar certified a class of users of the mobile app Path, who allege that Apple facilitated the app’s access...more

EU Retail News - July 2016

BREXIT – THE NEXT STEPS - Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past –...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016

In Case You Missed It: Ruling in FTC v. Amazon Suggests a Way Forward for Companies Responding to Actions Brought by the FTC after a Data Breach. The FTC’s recent actions in the realm of data security have been predicated on...more

Cybersecurity News and Notes: June 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It - The FTC settled with mobile advertising company InMobi for $950,000 in civil penalties, along with the implementation of a privacy program, based on the FTC’s charges that InMobi impermissibly...more

FTC Backs FCC’s Proposed Rule on TCPA Amendments for Calls Collecting Government Debt

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a Staff Comment on June 16, 2016, supporting several of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed regulations implementing amendments to...more

State Attorneys General And Consumer Advocates Push For Privacy Protections In FCC’s Set-Top Box Plan

On June 3, a group of 15 state attorneys general and the consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog each filed letters with the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) urging the FCC to incorporate more stringent...more

Practice Fusion and FTC Settle Complaint Over Deceptive Statements About the Privacy of Consumer-Generated Online Content

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced (press release) that Practice Fusion, the largest cloud-based electronic health company in the United States, has agreed to settle FTC charges over deceptive practices...more

FTC Delays Ruling in LabMD Appeal

The Federal Trade Commission has decided to put off until late July a decision about whether to overturn a ruling by the agency’s chief administrative law judge in the closely watched data security action against LabMD, the...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #2

Dietary Supplement Makers Reach Deal With FTC - The makers of a dietary supplement touted to help users lose weight and aid with the symptoms of menopause settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that their...more

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